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Summary

  1. Crusaders 1-3 Linfield (result)
  2. Cameron Stewart (3), Mark Stafford (11)
  3. Paul Heatley of Crusaders sent off
  4. Jordan Owens 34th-minute header for Crues
  5. Lowry penalty makes it 3-1 on 79 mins

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

"Hopefully this is the first of many"

Linfield manager David Healy

Linfield manager David Healy

Result: Crusaders 1-3 Linfield

Crusaders 1-3 Linfield

Stephen Lowry penalty for the Blues

It looks like Linfield's Shield now as Stephen Lowry slots home a penalty after Howard Beverland's foul on Andrew Waterworth.

Linfield's Stephen Lowry makes it 3-1 from the penalty spot

Crusaders 1-2 Linfield

Jordan Owens heads in

The 10 men of Crusaders could make a game of this yet. Striker Jordan Owens scores with a header from David Cushley's delivery in the 34th minute.

Jordan Owens heads home for Crusaders

Crusaders down to 10 men

Paul Heatley is sent off

Things are going from bad to worse for league champions Crusaders as winger Paul Heatley gets a straight red hard for appearing to hit out at Linfield's Mark Stafford. There was a flailing arm, didn't appear much real contact, but a silly action by the Crusaders player.

Paul Heatley of Crusaders gets a straight red card

Crusaders 0-2 Linfield

Mark Stafford doubles Linfield's lead

Another goal in what is a dream start for Linfield. This time Mark Stafford forces the ball over the line at the far post and it is looking good for former Northern Ireland striker David Healy as he seeks to land his first trophy as Blues boss.

Mark Stafford makes it 2-0 for Linfield in the County Antrim Shield

Crusaders 0-1 Linfield

Cameron Stewart

Linfield take the lead through Cameron Stewart's fourth-minute header. The 19-year-old, who used to play for Crusaders, finds the net for a third game in a row.

Cameron Stewart heads Linfield into the lead